Blenheim Palace Guide | World Heritage Site

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace is located on a large country estate consisting of over 2,100 acres there is a palace, park and formal gardens for visitors to enjoy. Located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire this historic site is a World Heritage Site giving an indication to its cultural and historic significance. The site was accredited with World Heritage Site status from 1987, for its architectural importance given the design and building of the palace is representative of the start of a new style in architecture. Also the landscaped Park is seen as extremely important and was designed by the famous Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

Attractions


Blenheim Palace is steeped in history and culture and offers visitors with a fascinating day out. This is an interesting place for visitors to explore, famous for being the birthplace of former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, aside from the palace there is a park and formal gardens.

In the Palace itself visitors can see the 'Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story' which recalls the interesting tales here for the past 300 years. There is also the Churchill Exhibition, this is set around the room where Sir Winston Churchill was born.

The State Rooms boast a great collection of furniture, porcelain, portraits and tapestries. The palace is surrounded by lawns part of the 2,100 acre estate.

The Formal Gardens were redesigned in the 1920's with the 9th Duke of Marlborough using the expertise of French landscape architect Achille Duchêne, to create the wonderful setting that is evident today. Among the notable gardens here are the Rose Garden, Water Terraces and Arboretum and the Secret Garden.

The Park offers a number of inspiring walks in the grounds of the landscaped park designed by the renowned Capability Brown. Here visitors can experience the beautiful natural and peaceful surroundings, a walk of half an hour to an hour allow visitors to see the true splendour of the park.

The Pleasure Gardens can be reached by the miniature train or on foot. The train is an attraction in itself, the diesel powered locomotive named the Sir Winston Churchill takes visitors to the pleasure gardens. The Marlborough Maze is spread over an acre plot and is the second largest symbolic hedge maze in the world. There are good vantage points from the bridges and within the area there are putting greens and a giant sized chess and draughts set.

How to Get There


By Car:

Blenheim Estate is located approx 8 miles from Oxford close to the town of Woodstock, off the A44 Evesham Road. From the M40 motorway, the estate is located 12 miles from junction 9, the estate is signposted on the motorway. For those using Satellite Navigation systems the postcode to use is OX20 1PX.

By Train:

There are train services that run from London Paddington to Oxford and from London Marylebone station to Bicester and Birmingham. From Oxford train station visitors can get the No.20 bus that takes you to the estate.

By Bus:

The No.20 bus from Oxford train station to Woodstock and goes to the gates of Blenheim Palace on Hensington Road in Woodstock. Visitors can ask the bus driver to let them know when the appropriate stop is reached. The frequency of the service is approx every 30 minutes.

By Coach:

There are regular coaches from National Express from Victoria Coach station in central London to Gloucester Green station in Oxford. From Oxford visitors should take the No.20 bus that runs from Gloucester Green to Woodstock.

Contact Details


Blenheim Palace
Woodstock
Oxford
UK
OX20 1PX

Telephone: +44 (0)1993 811091

Fax: +44 (0)1993 810570

Website: Blenheim Palace

Facilities & Information


Opening Times:

From Mid February to Mid December:

Park open daily from 9:00 am

Formal Gardens from 10am

Palace from 10.30am


Further Information:

Ticket prices start from approx £8 for children and approx £15 for adults to see the Palace, Park & Gardens.

There are drinks, snacks and meals available on site at the Water Terrace Cafe, The Terrace Gardens Cafe and the Ice Cream Parlour.

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Tips & Other Considerations


There may be some variations on the opening hours depending on the time of year and the attraction you wish to see i.e. the palace, the gardens or the park. It is wise to double check before going to ensure the attraction you wish to see is open and avoid disappointment.

Always remain alert and aware of your belongings at all times especially your wallet/purse and valuables and ensure they are hidden away from public view. If you have a bag try to use a shoulder bag with a good quality, strong strap, that is put across your shoulder not on your shoulder making it more difficult for anyone to take your bag.

Do not leave your bags and any shopping bags unattended, this will help to prevent theft and stop you misplacing your bags.

If you are travelling by car to Blenheim Estate ensure you are well prepared with maps and Sat Nav to aid your journey, particularly if you are not familiar with the local area and roads. Check Road & Traffic Updates before travelling.

If you are travelling by public transport, it is useful to check for service updates prior to beginning your journey for any delays, disruption or cancellations to services that may impact on your journey. Ensure you have the service timetables for the trains, trams, buses and coaches. Remember when the last services are and ensure you make it to the train/bus/coach stops well in time to avoid missing the service.





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